Round the World

2 years. 30 voyages. 300 women.

eXXpedition Round the World 2019-2021 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission. Over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 voyage legs starting and ending in the United Kingdom, eXXpedition crews will explore plastics and toxics in our ocean, via four of the five oceanic gyres and the Arctic.

Connected by a passion to protect our shared ocean, it will enable 300 women to go to sea as hands-on crew and experience first hand the challenges we face from single-use plastics, while contributing to cutting-edge scientific research and solutions-based thinking.

Round the World Route Plan

Duration: 2 years / Starts: October 2019 / Finish: September 2021

Plymouth, UK – Azores – North Atlantic Gyre – Antigua – Bonaire – Aruba – San Blas – Panama – Galapagos – Easter Island – South Pacific Gyre – Tahiti – Cook Islands – Tonga – Fiji – Vanuatu – Cairns – Darwin – Perth – Indian Ocean Gyre – Mauritius – Cape Town – South Atlantic Gyre – Recife – Fernando de Noronha – Grenada – St Lucia – Bermuda – Halifax – Labrador – Disko Bay – Nuuk – Iceland – Lofoten – Oslo – London, UK.

Our Crew

Scientists, artists, filmmakers, teachers, doctors, sustainability experts … our crew will be made up of a multidisciplinary and international group of 300 women split over 30 voyage legs. Every crew is diverse in background, age and experience in the hope that women from equally diverse backgrounds will also be inspired to take action.

Citizen Science

eXXpedition Round the World will be at the forefront of science on ocean plastics by collecting data and samples for influential global studies.
This work helps to fill gaps in data, engaging female ocean ambassadors in scientific research and citizen science initiatives along with finding innovative new ways to communicate the results to a broader audience.


On dry land, our crews have contributed to over 500 events worldwide from talks and film screenings, local schools to conferences, universities and global companies about the missions and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.
eXXpedition Round the World allows us to reach more people, and collaborate with local organisations and communities.


The pollution challenge our oceans face is a global one, and it will take an inspired army of passionate, skilled and experienced people to tackle it.
The multidisciplinary crews on eXXpedition voyages are encouraged to collaborate and take part in workshops to expand their knowledge and focus on where their skills can be applied to the plastic problem.

eXXpedition Core Team

Emily Penn – Co-Founder and Director

Emily is Co-Founder and Director of eXXpedition. She has spent the last 8 years leading global expeditions – taking everyday individuals to the most remote parts of the planet, to connect with the challenges facing our ocean, primarily focusing on ocean plastics.

Soraya Abdel-Hadi – Operations Manager

Soraya is a sustainability professional and eXXpedition Operations Manager. As part of her role, she is involved in voyage organisation, crew management and outreach. She has also been a core member of the team.

Sally Earthrowl – Mission Leader

Sally is our Round the World Mission Leader. Her background as a Geography teacher, and first-hand experience of the devastating impacts of plastic pollution while living in Bali and during eXXpedition North Pacific, gives her the perfect experience to be leading missions for Round The World.

Larissa Clark – Communications & Outreach Manager

Larissa is a marketing, PR and communications specialist. She headed up the communications and outreach programme for eXXpedition North Pacific from strategy to implementation and will build on the success of that mission to deliver a high impact campaign for eXXpedition Round the World.

Tori Howse – Partnerships Manager

Tori is an environmental advocate who will apply her 15 years experience making big environmental issues real and relevant at a local level to eXXpedition Round The World by developing powerful and meaningful partnerships with stakeholders.

Science Collaborations

For our Round the World voyages, eXXpedition will be partnering with internationally-recognised ocean plastic experts to carry out plastics-related citizen science, both at sea and on shore: Professor Richard Thompson at the University of Plymouth and Dr Jenna Jambeck at the University of Georgia.

Professor Thompson and his team of scientists at the University of Plymouth will be taking the lead on our sea-based science programme, while the collaboration with Dr Jambeck and the University of Georgia will be focused on land impacts. The impacts on local communities will be measured using a Circularity Assessment Protocol, developed at the University of Georgia, which looks at everything from waste washed up on coastlines to plastics in community shops.

Join Us!

Round the World will consist of 30 voyages and available sails will be displayed on the apply page of our website as they go live. You can apply at any time for current or future trips.

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